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Grateful Dead Live at KQED Studios on 1970-08-30

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Grateful Dead Live at KQED Studios on 1970-08-30

Publication date 1970-08-30 (check for other copies)
Topics Live concert
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Easy Wind, Candyman, Casey Jones, Brokedown Palace > Uncle John's Band


Calebration" broadcast on KQED-TV San Francisco with FM simulcast, the Dead live in the studio with a quite obstreperous band of deadheads for an audience.


Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2016
Subject: Listen to the river sing sweet songs...
Look I am giving this a 5 for the 'Brokedown' alone.
The harmonies are great and
Jerry's voice is mesmerizing
Yes the sound comes and goes during the recording so maybe like a 3.5 big picture for the entire short set but these are all big tunes in the GD song book.
Reviewer: ice9phil - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2012
Subject: its not the sound, its the process
Calebration was a series of shows that involved KQED and 2 fm stations. The audio was split into 4 channels and each FM station broadcast 2. The idea was you have 2 receivers, 4 speakers and you could get quad. The problem with this is the sound really hasn't been divided up properly and is waffling around. Still a very good vintage piece.
Reviewer: hampton87 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2010
Subject: pig does not sing very much on easy wind and
i wish they had more studio versions of pigs songs because they really jam when he has the lead vocals
i give it 4.970 as a good recording from 1970. i am looking forward to some new sounds in the autumn of 70.
Reviewer: East Coast Dave in WA - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2010
Subject: weak sound
For a radio broadcast, it sure sounds bad. Actually, the worst part of it is, they mixed Phil's bass way too low. I could live with that if the performances were really good, but the truth is, they're not. You can find much better (in sound and jam quality) from 1970 (in my opinion the Dead's greatest year) on the archive.
Reviewer: uh-oh-um-ah - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live at KQED Studios" San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


~~On This Day in GRATEFUL DEAD History~~

~~~Summer of 70'~~~

Remember when this show was on TV?

Gee, for a KQED show you'd think the sound would be perfect, but it's not. Infact I've heard better recorded shows done by the roadies than this KQED show.

~Classic 1970 Sound/Performance.

I recommend adding this show to your 1970 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

Here's one way to download/stream this show in "crappy" MP3:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.

RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist.

If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer.

Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.

When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder.

Repeat these steps for each song.


Take the "audio out" of the "headphone jack" on your computer and hook it up to the "input" on your Reel-to-Reel, Cassette, Beta-Max, VHS, CD, DVD, MP3 recorder and record it in real time....duh?

I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.

Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD if you can, if you can't...TFB.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1970.


PS: you'd think these shows would be in higher quality formats coming from San Francisco, right next to silicon valley, but apparently snot.
Reviewer: WISCO KID - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 5, 2007
Subject: old school
favorite candyman of all time ,love garcias voice in this one,especially after the solo when he starts next verse! as hunter put it alot of people [critics] gave jerryheat for his voice ,"too thin,' 'sounds reedy" but i think it one of the great ones, love these old recordings, that just reak of the dead and "california"..that might not make sense to some of you but some one out there gets my drift!love the video footage of this song to ,,,you can see it on you tube although it is grainy,,with the double imageing ,negative colors ,palm trees and, waves crashing, and the guys look like there having fun and not quite sure how they wanna play this one yet!!very trippy!!
Reviewer: lpenoza - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2006
Subject: Candyman takes shape
The arrangenemt of Candyman at this performance appears to be the first one that was "slowed down" into the form that we came to know it from here on. The earlier versions from 1970 all have a double-time delivery that gave the new song a folk-ish country feel. This is the first one that has the Grateful Dead stamped all over it, and they kept it until the end.

Reviewer: rick e. - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2005
Subject: Calibration
I have a video of this show,and It is O.K. but not the best of '70 and not your typical venue either,however the video does give a glimpse of a show at this time.Easy Wind Is pretty good.This is live in the studio w/a studio audience and was a TV program called "calibration" sound here is better than my video tape
Reviewer: GJR - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 12, 2005
Subject: EASY WIND
Familiarfan is right on here. One of the reasons I love the Grateful Dead so much is the sheer power the band displays during this time frame- and this clip really captures it. In this Easy Wind, Pigpen takes off like a person who just busted out of jail, but the rest of the band sure catches up to him, once the Jam sequence fires up and the studio starts rockin'. Vintage stuff here. As we say, GOOD Ol' GRATEFUL DEAD- come and get it.
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2005
Subject: Good Studio Stuff
For a studio session, that really is one of the most rockin' versions of Easy Wind.
I give the set a 5 because that could easily pass for a good quick concert.
Reviewer: phishphreak81686 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2005
Subject: casey jones
nice casey jones even though i dont really care for the song that much
Reviewer: samson - favoritefavorite - May 31, 2004
Subject: Filler material
This set is nice for filler material if you have some space on a disc and really want to fill it up. Sound is o.k. but the not great. Some spots sound muddied and distorted. A little disappointing but interesting none the less.
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